The name of the non-profit organization we are focusing on for this week’s “Nonprofit Spotlight” is called the Community Economic Development Center, or simply called the CEDC. The CEDC is about helping the region of Dartmouth and New Bedford to strengthen individuals and their families by supplying them with free tax preparations skills and by filling out their tax returns forms.
In addition to their free tax services, the CEDC also helps local immigrants by setting up a program called Immigrant Worker’s Support Network. Also, at certain designated areas CEDC has bus transportation to their location on 1285 Acushnet Ave, New Bedford. They are partners with South Coast Serves and they both work off each other by advertising one another’s services to the community. Their mission is to open the door to young adults, aspiring entrepreneurs, and working families
As of right now the CEDC is taking in volunteers who speak Spanish and Portuguese to help them prepare for the upcoming tax season and to help out the local Spanish and Portuguese community. They are also training future tax preparers. They train their tax preparers till they become official licensed professionals.
This is very important because they offer all their resources to everyone in the community that is willing to ask for it. Their free tax return is very vital for Dartmouth and New Bedford area. They will set up anyone’s taxes if they make under $50,000 for free. This is very key because in this day and age there aren’t too many people making that much in this economy and can’t afford to go to such branches as H&R Block. It’s also is a very valuable source for immigrants who aren’t too sure on how to go about doing their taxes or how the whole tax system works. CEDC also are there for people who don’t have cars and are willing to pick them up and bring them to their office to serve them. CEDC will always be a very reliable source for those who live around them.
For more information about the CEDC, go to: https://sites.google.com/site/cedcnewbedford/.
Written By: Mark McCulley